The players landed at Los Angeles International Airport on a flight from Shanghai Tuesday evening, their heads down.
Trump Chief of Staff John F. Kelly has already been in touch with the families of the three players as well as university officials including UCLA coach Steve Alford.
Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were detained last Tuesday on suspicion of shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who oversees the State Department, also might have spoken about the case with Trump, the official said.
The trio remains in China, even as the rest of the UCLA men's basketball team traveled back to the United States on Saturday.
The three basketball players from the University of California, Los Angeles, were detained by police on November 7 in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou over allegations of shoplifting.
If you're a basketball fan, you probably know who LiAngelo Ball is.
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Speaking with the press pool on Air Force One, Trump opened up about his chat with Xi.
If the three Bruins are going to be detained in China for another two weeks, they could miss up to five games before they get back on USA soil, missing contests against Central Arkansas, South Carolina State, Creighton, Baylor/Wisconsin and UC Irvine.
There has been no statement from UCLA about whether the three players will take part in the Bruins' home opener against Central Arkansas on Wednesday night.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Tuesday that the players had been seen boarding a plane bound for LAX.
As previously shared, the three were in China for a game against Georgia Tech.